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"Я девочка, а он мальчик."

Translation:I am a girl and he is a boy.

November 10, 2015



Could I make it anymore obvious?

January 17, 2016


Lingot if you write that in Russian and it's possible to sing it.

April 9, 2016


Came here for this comment; wasn't disappointed

August 10, 2017


Is 'I am a girl whereas he is a boy' acceptable?

November 10, 2015

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Should be -- in fact, it's the most precise translation. That said, I truly admire people who use "whereas" in speech. Kudos!

November 10, 2015


Ah very good. I wanted a nicer way to translate "а" than "and". I was going to propose "and in contrast", but that's a little wordy.

And if you hang around in Oxbridge circles you'll hear plenty of "whereas/ hence/ whence" and such other archaic conjugations. They are still very much in use in some parts of the English speaking world!

December 12, 2015


Isn't "while he is a boy" correct too?

March 24, 2016


While has pretty much the same meaning in English, but а is probably not the correct Russian word for it.

May 11, 2016


Mm I feel like you argued your way for using "while" there as an apt Rs>En translation :)

August 28, 2018


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December 24, 2018


Why would "but" not be a better choice than "and" in this context - and others, if a implies contrast? (My answer was correct but I wondered this reading the Tips and Notes.)

February 2, 2017

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"But" implies too strong a contrast. Russian "a" ≈ "whereas"; I never understood why Duolingo shuns "whereas".

February 2, 2017


I do like whereas, BUT I'm not sure if "but" would be too strong a translation in all contexts. One example given in the T&N is "I like sleeping, and you don't." Clearly opposite preferences - although the second part doesn't negate the first per se.

There does not seem to be a conjunction offered here which would be translated "but". What does one use to connect two ideas when the second clearly contrasts or negates the first?

February 2, 2017


I keep hearing девочко for девочка ... Strange.

January 14, 2016

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Sounds OK to me. In any case, unstressed "o" would be pronounced in exactly the same way as (unstressed) "a".

April 9, 2016


Sounds to me like девычко (dyevichko)

July 11, 2016


I guess "I am a girl, he's a boy" is not good enough.

January 17, 2016


The translation would need a conjunction as the sentence has one.

March 24, 2016


Polina, you need to join two independent clauses with a conjunction. I am a girl. (Independent clause.) He is a boy. (Independent clause.) I am a girl but/and/while/; he is a boy. Independent clauses can be a sentence on their own and will sound like it unless you add a conjunction where it's needed.

May 11, 2016


The speaker accent sounds like it was a question

July 30, 2016


Sorry how many words are there to express 'and'? Why is и not used here instead? Please answer me

August 8, 2017


Two. "И" -"and", to list things together like "bread AND apples" "А" - "and" used to introduce new or changed information, like "My name is Madsen, AND this is my sister."

October 25, 2018


It is rather odd to hear this in a distinctively male voice.

December 6, 2018


Maybe it's Halloween?

December 6, 2019


There used to be a "button" to switch from English to Russian when learning but it is gone now. Anyone know how to get it back? Happened after windows 10 update.

June 1, 2017


I wish I knew. I would kill for it :)

June 8, 2017


yes thats how im used to seeing it spelled, im not used to full russian spelling yet.

June 15, 2017


"I am a girl and he is a boy". I'd go so far as to say this is wrong. Because there is no contrast implied. You would need to write "I am a girl - and he is a boy".

November 14, 2017


No existe la opcion "and". Por lo tanto no esta bien planteada las alternativas

November 24, 2017


Did you just assume his gender?

May 2, 2019
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